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Pittsburgh vs. George Washington - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Washington (21-12) vs. Pittsburgh (19-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Petersen Events Center)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The George Washington Colonials and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Tuesday in the NIT at the Petersen Events Center.

The George Washington Colonials look to stay hot after winning four of their last six. On the season, GWU is averaging 67.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and is allowing 61.4 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Patricio Garino is averaging 12.4 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kethan Savage is averaging 11.2 points and 2.3 assists. Kevin Larsen is grabbing 7.4 rebounds and Joe McDonald is dishing 3.2 assists. The George Washington Colonials have four double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 68.1 percent from the line and 35 percent from deep. Defensively, GWU is allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last eight games.

Pittsburgh vs. George Washington - 3/17/15 NIT Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Panthers look to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, Pittsburgh is averaging 67 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 65.7 points on 45 percent shooting. Jamel Artis is averaging 13.8 points and 5.9 rebounds while Michael Young is averaging 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. Cameron Wright is dishing 2.9 assists and James Robinson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Pittsburgh Panthers have five players averaging at least 8.5 points, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 34.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Pitt is allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or more points in six of its last 10 games.

The Colonials are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 18-38-3 ATS in their last 59 games overall. 

George Washington is a solid, solid basketball team that's probably more motivated to be in this tournament than Pitt. I see GWU winning outright, but I'll take the free points. 

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George Washington Colonials +3.5

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